Chicago… “Little Serbia”

18 Mar

Chicago will always be one of my favorite cities  I have had the honor of living in. It is home to many famous people …. Barak Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan… just to name a few… Chicago is the largest city in my home state of Illinois. It is not the capital as many think… that honor goes to Springfield … yeah.. the hometown of the Simpsons..;) Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the USA boasting 9.5million people when you include the suburbs… It is a booming city that has rebounded from the Great Fire of 1871 where 1/3 of the city was burned to the ground. Today is home to the largest building in the USA, Willis Tower (formerly named Sears Tower). It is 108 stories or 442 meters.  Chicago is also home to the Chicago Board of Trade which merged with Chicago Mercantile Exchange and is one of the most important pieces of the worlds economy…


Chicago is also a major sports city!!! We have very popular and successful sports teams and some of the best athletes of all time.

Chicago is also home to many different religions. We have a large Jewish, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, Orthodox, Sikh, and Buddist community and all living in harmony.

Chicago is also a very multi ethnic city…. We have very a large Hispanic community, African American community, Chinese Community, Polish Communty, Gay community :), and one of the most astonishing is the Serbian community! When most people think of Chicago they think of the Irish community but Chicago is home to over 500,000 Serbians!!! That is the largest European immigrant population of all! The Irish come in second at 200,000!!! Belgrade, Serbia is home to the largest amount of Serbs in the world at 2.8 million but Chicago is #2!!!! Larger than their second largest city of Novi Sad!  

I had the pleasure of living in this city for a few years and really loved it! The large mass of Serbs might explain my obsession with Serbia! Maybe the Serbs put some sort of “Serbian love potion” in the water… 🙂


Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Through my eyes


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7 responses to “Chicago… “Little Serbia”

  1. Rade ParadoxGentleman

    March 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Charles, Belgrade has 1.7-1.9M people, not 2.8M

    Btw, Serbs in Chicago are very successful, they have big companies there, even oil companies 🙂

    And yes, Chicago is capital sity of Serbian people in USA 😀

    • Marko

      March 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Gospodine Rade,

      Beograd već odavno ima preko 2 miliona stanovnika. Zbog ratova i idiotske politike u Beograd se slilo sve i svašta u poslednjih 20 godina. Podatak koji vi imate je iz 1998 godine. Videćemo koliki je broj stanovnika posle obrade podataka iz popisa od prosle godine. (ako vladajuća partija bude smesla da kaze stvaran broj).

      • Milan

        July 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

        Beograd ima po zadnjem popisu 1.700.000 stanovnika , imate zadnji popis stanovništva na internetu, a ako pogledate po opštinama i uzmete u obzir samo opštine koje zaista čine Beograd onda možemo da pričamo o cifri od oko 1.000.000 stanovnika.

  2. VMW

    March 19, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I’m from there but Serbs are scattered all over. North side, south side, suburbs. No cohesive neighborhoods anymore, so Serbs are intermarrying other groups now.

    • Passanger

      August 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Serbs, good only when going to war, then they are really tough and strong as wolves. In peace, they will forget their homeland and language after 3 generations.

  3. Marko

    March 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Great City… Serbs all around the world should always glorify this city that gave home to many Serbs that had to leave home land. Many Serbian monasteries are also symobls of Christianity in Chicago and realy cite to visit.

  4. Rade ParadoxGentleman

    March 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Marko, po proslogodisnjem popisu u Beogradu zivi oko 1.7,1.8M stanovnika! Googluj ako ne verujes


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